NORTHFIELD, Minn. - In his first ever competition at that distance, senior C.J. Dale (Fox Island, Wash./Charles Wright Academy) won the 55-meter hurdles in 8.18 seconds, one of five victories for the Carleton College men’s track and field team on Friday evening, but the Knights came up short in the team competition at the Carleton Triangular as Hamline University (120.7 points) narrowly edged St. Olaf (119.3) and Carleton (98).
First-year Hart Hornor (Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt) had another of Carleton’s first-place finishes as he took the lead halfway through the race and won the mile run in 4:34.16. Carleton’s relays mastered the competition, as the Knights edged St. Olaf in both the 4x200-meter relay (1:33.13) and the 4x400-meter race (3:28.81).
In the field events, Lobo James (Jr./Redmond, Wash./Telluride) tallied a win for the Knights, out-leaping the competition in the high jump with a personal-best height of 6 feet, 4 3/4 inches.
Second-place finishes in middle-distance events helped to keep the Knights competitive. Jack Percival (Fy./Newport Coast, Calif./Sage Hill School) crossed the line at 52.04 in the 400-meter dash. Sophomore Arnaud Kpachavi (San Gregorio, Calif./Woodside Priory School) also finished on the winner’s heels, running the 600 m event in 1:26.62.
A team of mixed class years, Noah Laack-Veeder (So./Madison, Wis./LaFollette), Marcus Huderle (Jr./Eden Praire, Minn./Eden Prairie), and Joe Haase (Fy./Fitchburg, Wis./West), took second, fourth and fifth respectively in an enjoyable 1000-meter run. The race field included Laack-Veeder--Carleton's school record holder for the indoor 800-meter run, Huderle--the 12th-best steeplechaser in the country, St Olaf's Brian Saksa, along with two of the top freshmen in the MIAC including Carleton's Haase. The Knights' trio ran in a cluster with a three-second spread, with Laaack-Veeder finishing in 2:34.64.
Dale followed up his hurdle triumph--which would have ranked him in the top 10 in the MIAC last season--with a solid second-place result in the long jump at a distance of 20 feet, 7 3/4 inches. He also ran on the winning 4x200 relay that already ran faster than Carleton's entry at last year's MIAC Championships.
Adan Nunez-Frausto (Jr./Phoenix, Ariz./Brophy) had one of Carleton's best performances in the weight throw in recent years with a distance of 43 feet, 8 3/4 inches.
The Knights will participate in the Minnesota State-Mankato Open on Jan. 25-26.